Ralph grew up in the Lutheran tradition and knew he wanted to be a pastor from a
very early age. He was ordained in 1978 after studies in the humanities at the University
of Regina and theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon. In 1986
he completed a journalism degree at Carleton University, Ottawa and began working
as an adult educator in United Church of Canada settings.
For the decade of the 1990s Ralph worked in the Canadian HIV/AIDS sector in community
based organizations and treatment services.
In 2000 Ralph returned to the study of theology, completing a Th.M. at Toronto School
of Theology (U of T) in 2004. He also became a United Church of Canada minister in
2004, and began his half-time position as ECUT chaplain.
Ralph loves the stimulating environment of the university setting, and is committed
to the notion that faith-based perspectives enrich and deepen the learning and research
experience in a multi-faith, pluralistic university.
Throughout his student years campus ministry was a key influence in Ralph’s spiritual
formation. He is delighted to be able to work in university chaplaincy now, and hopes
he can be as helpful to members of the U of T communities as other chaplains have
been to him in the past.
Growing up as a daughter of Mennonite pastors in a small rural community in Saskatchewan,
the world of faith has surrounded her in many different ways. A high school world
religions class sparked a further curiosity about questions of faith and spirituality.
She graduated with a bachelor's degree in theology at Canadian Mennonite University
(1997), a B.A. in social development studies from the University of Waterloo (2001),
and she received her M.T.S from Emmanuel College (2006). She did a
pastoral internship in a small church in southern Manitoba and was the chaplain for
young adults at Naramata Centre in British Columbia in 2006.
Jeanette has a deep interest in exploring faith, growing spiritually, developing
the art of holy listening, and being a just and compassionate presence in a hurting
world. She also enjoys swimming, camping, making chocolate chip cookies, organic
gardening, and biking around Toronto.